Whatever about the admin arrangements ahead of tonight’s bash at the Sportlann, the stuff unveiled at the event itself all sounds positive enough. Top of the list in this respect was the unveiling of the new Mayo jersey for 2015. I like it – the return of the red band across the front is a welcome nod to the traditional county jersey design and the look and feel appears similar enough to the Design 1a prototype that the County Board sought views on last month.
The new jersey will go on sale before Christmas so between that and Conor Mortimer’s book (a copy of which I bought earlier on today and which I’ll do a review of here in due course) the options for Christmas pressies for the Mayo GAA nut that’s near and dear to you are looking fairly healthy this year.
That wasn’t all that was revealed at tonight’s event. As well as the Cairde Mhaigheo 2015 launch, it was also announced tonight that shirt sponsors Elvery’s have extended their contract with the county until “at least” 2020, which surely makes it the longest such tie-in to be announced by any county. I’ve no idea what the commercials are on this new deal with the county’s long-running shirt sponsors but hopefully we’ll be getting a good bang for our buck over the coming five years.
Aside from that, the County Board also announced tonight a three-year player welfare programme. This sees Dr Sean Moffatt appointed as Mayo GAA Medical Director with Liam Moffatt as lead physiotherapist. Both of them spoke at the event tonight and I’m sure what they had to say will be reported on in detail in the locals over the coming days, as no doubt will the contributions made at tonight’s event by Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly.
But back to the new jersey, what do you reckon to it? Time to vote.